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The Dell Precision M90 is based on a dual-core Intel Core Duo T2400 processor with a clock rate of 1.83GHz (65nm Yonah core, shared 2MB L2 cache).

Besides Intel’s Enhanced SpeedStep technology that gives the notebook’s software and BIOS control over the CPU frequency multiplier (to reduce it under low loads), this CPU supports Dynamic Power Coordination (power consumption of the cores can be varied independently depending on the current load; one core may even fall into Deep Sleep mode with the lowest power consumption possible) and Dynamic Cache Sizing (unused cache segments can be turned off to reduce power consumption). For more information refer to our Centrino Duo Mobile Platform Review.

The Napa (Centrino Duo) platform also incorporates an Intel PRO/Wireless 3945ABG adapter and an Intel Calistoga 945PM chipset. This chipset supports DDR2 SO-DIMMs, thus offering more memory bandwidth at lower power consumption, and a PCI Express x16 interface for an external graphics card. The chipset’s South Bridge (ICH7-M) is connected to the North Bridge via a special-purpose Direct Media Interface. The South Bridge supports one Parallel ATA port, two Serial ATA ports, eight USB 2.0 ports and Intel High Definition Audio. It also offers six PCI Express x1 lanes to connect external devices. For more information about the Napa platform, visit the manufacturer’s website.

As for the graphics subsystem, the Dell Precision M90 features a new 0.09-micron super-fast graphics processor Nvidia Quadro FX 2500M with 512 megabytes of dedicated video memory. It was designed for professional applications and makes most desktop graphics subsystems look humble in comparison.

Nvidia’s new Quadro FX series was developed specifically for new-generation mobile workstations and has become a kind of a standard in that area. Quadro FX solutions offer the same functionality as Nvidia’s best products for stationary workstations, which have long been considered the best choice for users who run professional 3D applications. The Quadro FX series features Nvidia’s mobile technologies such as PureVideo (for high-quality HD video) and PowerMizer 6.0 (for optimized power consumption). It supports 12-bit sub-pixel precision, a 256-bit memory interface, 32-bit floating-point precision, and a number of other features. The following table lists detailed specs of the Nvidia Quadro FX. You can also learn more about it at the manufacturer’s website:

The Precision M90 comes with a Fujitsu MHV2100BH hard disk drive (2.5” form-factor, 5400rpm, 100GB, SATA interface) and a TSST TS-L632D DVD-burner with the following speed formula:

CD:

  • Read – 24x
  • Digital Audio Extraction – 24x
  • Write CD-R – 24x
  • Write CD-RW – 24x

DVD:

  • Read (Single or Dual Layer) – 8x
  • Write DVD+/-R – 8x
  • Write DVD+R Double Layer – 6x
  • Write DVD+RW – 8x
  • Write DVD-RW – 6x
 
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